I have posted charts indicating wine pairings that will best suit the meals you’re serving with your Easter Dinner. Tonight I will begin posting some of my favorite bottle selections that I will be adding to this evening(Friday). Saturday morning there will be numerous individual wine selections by the bottle. Be sure to check back, and I wish you all a Good Friday.
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One thing to consider when you are selecting a wine to go with your Easter dinner and you’re trying to decide if you and your guests would like a light, medium, or a full-bodied wine to drink. Think of wine as you would be drinking it as milk. A light body wine would be skim milk, medium body wine would be 2%, and whole milk would be like a full-bodied wine. This is a good guide to remember as most people can relate to the weight and mouthfeel of those styles of milk and translate that into a style of wine they may prefer.
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Light Body Wine
Riesling – one of the prominent white wine grapes, a pure Riesling is complex yet delicate. Some Rieslings are just pretenders made from inferior grapes, a Riesling will be light, medium dry, fruity, a mild citrus flavor, with a mellow floral aroma.
Pinot Blanc -complex and spicy with fruit and citrus flavors, enjoy this bright fruity wine.
Gewurztraminer – wine is spicy, fruity, floral, and herbal. This is a dry, earthy, aromatic wine that is genuinely refreshing.
Chenin Blanc – this is a very versatile grape. It is very crisp, acidic, high in alcohol content, yet is smooth and full-bodied. This grape exhibits slight spiciness, a hint of honey, and slight fruitiness. This can be a very special wine, such as Vouvray, an excellent wine exhibiting many different styles.
Viognier – this grape from the Rhone valley in France is also making a name for itself in California. Viognier is a very dry, delicate wine with floral aromas and apricot overtones.
Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris – commonly referred to is a very dry wine. Some characteristics of this wine are a slightly fruity, and mild spiciness.
Beaujolais – is produced from the Gamay and is made to be drunk very young, right after bottling. This is a light bodied red that has very little tannin and is low in alcohol content. It is a fruity red wine that has berry overtones.
Pinot Noir/ Burgundy – is the grape variety of red Burgundian wines, it can produce wines that are incredible. When aged in oak it will have a very mild sweetness reminiscent of raspberries, with undertones of vegetation and chocolate. The wine can stand up to aging for many years. Pinot Noir at its best will be smooth, full of flavor, and a beautiful bouquet.
Valpolicella – light, fragrant table wines in flavor. These wines can be produced in a nouveau style, similar to Beaujolais nouveau and released only a few weeks after harvest
Bardolino – is an Italian red wine that is a light and fragrant table wine. The blend of grapes used to produce the wine includes Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. A blend of up to 15% may include Rossignola, Barbera, Sangiovese and/or Garganega.
Chianti – This wine is made predominantly from Sangiovese which exhibits nuances of spice, cherry and raspberry flavors but can be blended with other red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. These wines are styled differently so you need to experiment with which producers wine you prefer.
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Medium Body Wine
Sangiovese – one word Chianti, This grape is also the major contributor for many other fantastic Italian reds. This spicy medium bodied red also exhibits cherry and raspberry flavors.
Shiraz-Syrah – big, powerful medium to full-bodied wine, Shiraz in Australia. This grape produces wines that are supple, smooth, and rich with well-mannered mellow tannins. Flavor wise the wine will present slight spiciness, fruity like black cherries, or some may have a deep nutty flavoring.
Merlot- It tends to be soft, smooth, and very fruit forward. Winemakers the world over are creating rich style merlots that are wines full of cherry and oak flavors.
Chianti Classico – This wine is made predominantly from Sangiovese which exhibits nuances of spice, cherry and raspberry flavors but can be blended with other red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. These wines are styled differently so you need to experiment with which producers wine you prefer. This is a step up in quality from Chianti, the grapes come from the inner historic district of Chianti.
Bordeaux – wines are red blended wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot. Please see this link to understand how to make your purchasing decision; http://wineguymike.com/Bordeaux_Red.aspx
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Full Body Wine
Chardonnay – complex white wines, thanks to winemaking techniques, and the grapes ability to draw flavor from the nutrients and minerals in the soil. Chardonnay is aged in new oak barrels, old oak barrels, and steel barrels, all producing varying nuances in the wines. New barrels produce the strongest oaking, old barrels have a slight oak influence, while the steel has no oakiness. This dry wine is rich, bold, full of fruitiness, vanilla and a certain toastiness, just to name a few characteristics.
Chablis Grand Cru -dry wine made from 100 % Chardonnay, these are expensive limited production wines. This is the best white Burgundy and has the highest classification. A link for more info; http://wineguymike.com/Chablis.aspx
Meursault – these dry chardonnay wines from Cote De Beaune in the Burgundy region are some of the finest in the world, a style and quality of wine admired worldwide.
Chateautneuf-Du-Pape – mainly a Grenache and Syrah blend, but may contain as many as 13 grape types. These are big full-bodied reds that get a lot of sun. Sugar content is higher from the sun which means the alcohol content is higher. Link for more info; http://wineguymike.com/Rhone.aspx
Barbaresco & Barolo – from northern Italy. California is also working with the Nebbiolo. Best known for huge, robust, full bodied wines such as the Barbarescos’ and Barolos’. A big wine like this may need a decade to mature properly. These wines tend to be heavy on tannin and high in alcohol content. Aged correctly this wine will be chewy, with hints of berries, herbs, and slightly floral.
Zinfandel – full-bodied, fruit forward, and spicy wine. Berries, cherries, tobacco, oak, and vanilla this wine seems to have it all.
Bordeaux- wines are red blended wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot. Please see this link to understand how to make your purchasing decision; http://wineguymike.com/Bordeaux_Red.aspx
Cabernet Sauvignon – big, powerful red wine that is full in body, rich, and imparts flavors of fruits, berries, currants, plums, spicy nuances.